Grasshopper for Footwear Beginner - Intermediate level
Learn the basics of doing parametric generative design for footwear, so you can automate design processes and create complex structures and textures that you could not make any other way.
This course will be always open for registration. You can start any time you like and every other week you can ask your questions during our live webinar. You will need to have finished our Rhino course - or have proven prior knowledge of Rhino - before you can enter this course!
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WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
This course is for designers that are already working with Rhino, for instance because they have finished our 3D Footwear Design in Rhino course, and want to take their digital design skills to the next level by learning how to do generative design.
Grasshopper is a visual programming language that runs inside Rhino and it is mainly used to create generative algorithms. This means that rather than creating a single shoe design, like you would in most 3D design programs, you are programming a system that creates a series of 3D designs, based upon the input of data. This opens up a whole new array of possibilities for designers, but it is also a very different way of thinking, which is much more mathematical than what most designers are used to.
Getting your head around this way of thinking is generally the biggest hurdle for those that are starting on Grasshopper and we will tell you upfront that it is not easy, but very rewarding once you are able to work this way. Many designers would like to learn Grasshopper to create the complex 3D lattices that they know from brands like Adidas Futurecraft, and we will indeed cover how to make those, but we will also look at Grasshopper in a broader perspective, teaching you how it could function as a system to automate and customize footwear design in general.
HOW COULD YOU USE GRASSHOPPER IN FOOTWEAR?
This is an advanced example of what you could do with Grasshopper, you will not be able to build such a full complex system by the end of this course yet, but you will be able to make the part that creates the structures.
What is this course about?
This course covers several basic to intermediate operations in Grasshopper that are specifically relevant to footwear designers. After this course you will be able to make lattice and voronoid structures, for instance for midsoles, and you will have a general understanding of how Grasshopper could automate custom footwear design.
Who is this course for?
This course is meant for footwear designers and developers that have already finished our 3D Footwear Design in Rhino course. If you did not follow that course, but already learned Rhino somewhere else, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before you enroll, so we can verify that you have the right entry level for this course.
We offer an attractive bundle for both the Rhino and Grasshopper course. Please click on the ENROLL button on the top of the page to see your payment options. You can also choose to pay by Paypal.
You can start the courses anytime you like, but if you buy the bundle, please follow the Rhino course first, before you take any of the Grasshopper classes. You will not be able to do the Grasshopper classes without Rhino knowledge and we will not answer basic Rhino questions in the Grasshopper webinars.
What is the course format?
This course consists of 4 video classes, each of several hours, that are split into shorter sections. Just like with the Rhino course, Lorenzo will use a specific footwear example for all exercises. You can download the necessary files for that from our Google Drive, to which you will get access after you enroll.
You can follow the video classes on your own time and pace. Every other week on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm CET we will have a live webinar with Lorenzo, so he can answer any questions you might have. We do require that you send in your questions to Lorenzo before the webinar, so he can prepare.
You can also post your questions on the Community Page, so other students can help you as well. The live webinars for Rhino and Grasshopper will alternate, so one Sunday will have a Rhino webinar and the next Sunday will be for Grasshopper.
Please note: if we have not received any questions by the end of the Saturday, the webinar will not take place.
What is included in the course price?
You will receive about 3,5 hours of video for each class, so that is a total of 14 hours. You will also receive all files you need and a range of free plugins for Grasshopper that are specifically relevant for footwear design.
The regular course price includes 12 months of access to all class material. If you want to have permanent access you can take a subscription or pay single amount after the 12 months have ended, then you will also receive any updates of the class material and will have access to all future live webinars as well.
You will receive a certificate of completion of the course once you have sent in your completed exercises. Since this is a course for professionals, you will not receive any academic credits for it though.
ATTENTION: Grasshopper software is NOT included in the course price! You can download a free 90-day trial of Rhino 6 here. This is a fully functional version of Rhino that includes Grasshopper. This is available for both PC and Mac.
This course is taught by:
The course is developed and taught by Lorenzo Masini who has also been teaching the offline courses in Rhino and Grasshopper for The Footwearists for the past 5 years. Lorenzo is an independent product designer based in Florence, Italy, working in numerous roles such as product, exhibition and interior design, product engineering and idea creation. Because of this broad experience in all kinds of computational design and 3D design, he was asked by SLEM - the institute from which The Footwearists were born - to teach 3D design specifically for footwear, which he has been doing for them ever since. With utmost patience he helps students navigate through any software easily, focusing on what they really need, and helping them to understand how to solve digital design challenges in multiple ways. When Lorenzo is not designing, he is rapping as part of Cronofillers, a group of talented Italian rappers that comment on the state of our society. Lorenzo currently lives in Barcelona where he follows a post graduate course in Advanced Robotics.